American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A huge statue.
- n. Something likened to a huge statue, as in size or importance: a colossus of bureaucracy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A statue of gigantic size; specifically (usually with a capital), the bronze statue of Apollo at Rhodes, which is said to have been 70 cubits high, and was reckoned among the seven wonders of the world. According to the popular fable, it stood astride the mouth of the port, so that ships sailed between its legs; but in fact it stood on one side of the entrance of the port. It was overthrown by an earthquake in 224 b. c., after standing about fifty-six years, and its fragments lay where they fell for nearly a thousand years.
- n. A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the Colossus of Nero in Rome and the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
- n. Any creature or thing of gigantic size.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A statue of gigantic size. The name was especially applied to certain famous statues in antiquity, as the
Colossusof Nero in Rome, the Colossusof Apollo at Rhodes.
- n. Any man or beast of gigantic size.
- n. someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful
- n. a person of exceptional importance and reputation
- From Latin colossus, from Ancient Greek κολοσσός (kolossos, "large statue, especially the colossus of Rhodes"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from Greek kolossos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Three times in one week a visitor showed up at my office early in the morning: an enormous, thick-boned man with sparkling blue eyes — a colossus from the Securitate.”
“Hmmm, the dungeon in a colossus is too much like Clash of the Kingslayers, the winner from last year, which docked it a point for me.”
“When a big colossus is supposed to look real but looks 3D.”
“[Page 65] 11 This colossus is now raised upon a brick pedestal.”
“Instead of a movement-coining colossus like Clement Greenberg, what we have instead are a thicket of bloggers and commentators, all happily exploring Australia's cultural undergrowth with considerable craft and application.”
“In Russia, always known as a colossus with feet of clay, there are Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians versus Russia, Azerbaijanis versus Armenians and so on.”
“_The Apollo of Rhodes_, usually called the colossus, was a gigantic bronze statue, 150 feet high, made by Charês, a pupil of Lysippus, and set up B.C.”
“A massive crowd gathered around the foot of the bronze colossus, which is higher than the US Statue of Liberty, as drums and music feted the arrival of dignitaries.”
“President Abdoulaye Wade was joined by scores of dignitaries, including African heads of state and representatives from around the world, at the base of the bronze colossus, which is higher than the US Statue of Liberty.”
“The division of the four-hour subtitled colossus into two feature length halves, sees the first part deal with Che and the Castro brothers 'successful guerrilla campaign to overthrow the Cuban dictatorship in the early' 60s.”
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